VCE VET Hair and Beauty
The VCE VET Hair and Beauty program is drawn from a national training package and offers qualifications recognised throughout Australia. These qualifications provide students with a broad range of knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in the hairdressing and beauty services industry.
The following qualifications are available in the Hair and Beauty Program:
SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics: provides a pathway to work as a retail sales consultant in beauty or cosmetic products and services, including beauty and hairdressing salons, retail outlets and department stores.
SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant: develops basic skills and knowledge to assist with client services in the hair and beauty industry, and providesa a pathway into a hairdressing apprenticeship.
SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services: provides skills and knowledge to work as a beautician, providing a range of beauty services including nail, lash and brow, and basic make-up services. Develop a range of technical and customer service skills where discretion and judgement is required, including client consultation on beauty products and services.
SHB30215 Certificate III in Make-Up: provides skills and knowledge to undertake roles as make-up artists designing and applying make-up across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries. Skills are developed for work in make-up studios, retail cosmetic counters, fashion and media sets, and photography studios.
Credit in the VCE or VCAL
Students who complete:
SHB20116 Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics: recognition of up to five units at Units 1 and 2 level.
SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant: recognition of up to four units at Units 1 and 2 level.
SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services: recognition of up to four units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
SHB30215 Certificate III in Make-Up: recognition of up to four units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.
Students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence for SHB30115 Certificate III in Beauty Services or SHB30215 Certificate III in Make-Up from the VCE VET Hair and Beauty program will be eligible for an increment towards their ATAR (10% of the average of the primary four scaled studies).
Note: from 2019, increments for unscored VCE VET programs will be calculated using 10% of the lowest study score of the primary four. The policy change is outlined in the
VTAC Gazette Nov-Dec 2017
The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Further information can be found on the VTAC website:
The VCE VET Hair and Beauty program does not offer scored assessment.
Structured workplace learning
The VCAA strongly recommends that students undertake
80 hours of Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) over the duration of the VCE VET Hair and Beauty program. The VCAA mandates a minimum of
40 hours of SWL for students undertaking the Certificate II in Salon Assistant. Where the training package requires work periods/shifts, this can be used to satisfy the VCAA SWL placement requirements for the program.
Publications by VCAA
Current Program information
Program updates and further information
Continuous improvement: During the life of qualification/s there may be occasions when changes are made to reflect feedback from users or to include the latest industry practices. This process is called continuous improvement. When continuous improvement impacts on the VCE VET Business program, advice will be published in the
VCAA Bulletin and notification provided on the VCAA website Please visit the
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